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Dubai princess claims she is being held 'hostage' in secret video recordings

February 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 photo, released on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, by the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left, meets Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Ireland, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The UAE released the first images of Sheikha Latifa on Monday, months after friends and supporters say she disappeared following commandos storming a boat carrying her off the coast of India after she fled the Emirates. (United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via AP)

The daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler, who attempted to flee abroad in 2018, has appeared in secret recordings claiming she is being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail" with no access to medical help, according to a BBC documentary.

London (CNN)The daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler, who attempted to flee abroad in 2018, has appeared in secret recordings claiming she is being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail" with no access to medical help, according to a BBC documentary.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum -- the daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum -- was last seen publicly in March 2018 aboard a yacht off the coast of India before a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her back to Dubai, according to two people who had helped plan her escape.

In a video clip, obtained by BBC Panorama and supplied to CNN ahead of 'The Missing Princess' documentary airing Tuesday night, Princess Latifa says: "I'm a hostage.

The documentary says around a year after Latifa was taken back to Dubai, her friend Tiina Jauhiainen was contacted by someone who helped her secretly reconnect with her.

Jauhiainen managed to get a phone to Latifa and since then the princess has recorded many video messages "describing her captivity in a villa converted into a jail with its windows barred shut," according to a BBC press release.

The princess, who was the sheikh's sixth wife and is not the mother of Latifa, later brought a case in London's high court to seek wardship for her own two children, aged nine and 13, fearing they too would be kidnapped.

Last year, a judge at the family division of London's High Court found that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum conducted a "campaign of fear and intimidation" against Princess Haya.

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